Elche hosts recently promoted club Almería in a battle of 2022-23 La Liga opening week losers. Which side would garner their first points of the season?
Elche had a tough 0-3 defeat on the road against Real Betis. The hosts took advantage of John Nwankwo’s sending off at the 16th minute to slot in three goals, with Juanmi completing a brace.
Meanwhile, Almería had the tough task of opening their season against reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid. Nevertheless, Largie Ramazani managed to score at the sixth minute before the recent UEFA Super Cup winners picked up the pace with two second half goals.
The two last met earlier this year at the Copa del Rey. Los Franjiverdes prevailed, 2-1.
Prior to that, they were both at the Segunda División. In their last four encounters, the two split their encounters along with two draws. All these league matches produced at least two goals total.
Elche last won at home against the Rojiblancos in 2015 in a top division meeting. Three of their last four faceoffs in Alicante ended up deadlocked after the final whistle.
Recent Form (last five matches)
lost to Real Betis, 0-3
defeated La Nucía, 3-0
lost to Ibiza, 0-1
lost to Cartagena, 0-2
defeated Getafe, 1-0
lost to Real Madrid, 1-2
lost to Al Hilal, 1-2
defeated Cartagena, 1-0
lost to Granada, 2-3
drew with Malaga, 1-1
Elche prevailing is not as clear cut as it seems. They might be facing a relatively weaker opponent on paper, but Almería are no pushovers. A draw is a distinct possibility as well, considering their recent head-to-head history.
If anything, this fixture would most likely finish with three or more goals scored.
Over 2.5 goals
M88 Mansion MSports 1X2 odds:
Elche – 2.44
UD Almería – 2.98
Draw – 3.20
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Meta title (50 characters): 2022-23 La Liga week 2 preview: Elche vs Almería
Meta description (150 characters): The 2022-23 La Liga season heads into the second week. We are featuring the matchup between Elche and Almería.
(La Liga week 1 recap: Real Madrid vs Almería)